The four bronzers you need for sunkissed skin was born on the heels of a different post about Tom Ford’s Bronze Age. So I’ll be comparing Tom Ford’s to Charlotte Tilbury, Rilastil and Givenchy bronzers.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow
It’s no secret that Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow has created major waves in the bronzer category and has been a win for achieving sunkissed skin. Available in two options, Light to Medium and Medium to Dark, this is the bronzer you reach for when you’re looking for major bronzer wattage. In comparison to the Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age, this is redder with orange-tinged undertones.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow is a very soft formula that applies smoothly, except if you have textural imperfections. Paraben free and featuring pearl powder, it uses Light Flex Technology that works with light to increase your skin’s radiance. I clock about seven hours of wear but after having the product for as long as I have, this bronzing duo delivers a sunkissed, glamazon glow and looks best when my skin is at that sweet spot where it’s not peeling or flaky or giving me drama.
Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder
Givenchy Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder certainly delivers massively on the bronzer for sunkissed skin theme. When I saw it online I fell immediately in love with the look of it and not long after the first gaze it was a new member of my collection. This is a talc-free, baked bronzer that applies smoothly. Like the Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age, on my skin, this needs a few beats to fully bloom. Once it does, it takes up residence and holds its own without the need for touch-ups.
I’ve gotten tremendous use from this with its impactful yet understated finish, plus it’s also superb as a contour if you’re into that. It is the ultimate buildable bronzer that never becomes clumpy or spotty when layered. Another plus is that it doesn’t dissipate to leave just sparkles on the skin. It also maintains its uniformity and has a creaminess to it, making it almost fool-proof and a great option if you’re new to using bronzer. When compared to Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age, Givenchy Les Saisons Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder is deeper toned and a bit smoother in application and texture but has similar wear time to Tom Ford’s. (Givenchy has since introduced newer versions of this powder).
Rilastil Duo Bronzing Powder (Now Discontinued)
Rilastil (Instituto Ganassini) is an Italian Company that has been creating highly innovative cosmeceuticals for several decades now. As with many European skincare brands, they also have makeup items and I should mention that their mascaras are superb and worth a try. Rilastil Duo Bronzing Powder contains two customizable shades that work on any skin tone, making it a must-have product for achieving sunkissed skin. This bronzer is exceedingly different from the other three in this post because of its appearance, formula and because it contains the most product at 18 grams. In the pan, it has the appearance of powder as opposed to a bronzer. On the skin, it is subtle yet you see the pigment so if you are hesitant about bronzer, this may be the perfect option because of its texture and colour payoff.
The very first time I encountered this bronzer, I figured there was no way it would work on my skin tone. Yet imagine my surprise when I used it and found that it does indeed work. Admittedly it is subtle, but it’s perfect for low key days and it is also buildable, so I am able to dial it up when I choose. This bronzer also contains SPF 15 and includes UVA and UVB filters. In comparison to the other bronzers, I find the Rilastil to be closest to Tom Ford’s with a few exceptions. Rilastil Duo Bronzing Powder is less shimmery than Tom Ford’s, yet it feels drier in texture where Tom Ford’s feels creamier.
Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age
Finally, among the four bronzers for a sunkissed glow is, of course, Tom Ford’s Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age. This one stands out because of the highly innovative formula and the sleek, gilded packaging. It’s a stunning product with strengths that sneak up on you. You may think that makeup payoff should be instant, and I feel this way as well but only to an extent. There are instances where a product truly shows its worth once it has been on your skin for a bit and quite frankly, once you’ve used it several times.
Tom Ford Ultimate Bronzer in Bronze Age is a gorgeous toy for those who are mad for makeup and for the cachet associated with this brand. Lovely for drier and mature skins especially, this bronzer is the embodiment of innovation that never crosses the line into excess. Bronzer is not a dirty word, nor does it automatically imply muddy swathes of colour on the face. By choosing the right formula based on the needs of your skin and your personal preference, these 4 bronzers are solid choices for when you want sunkissed skin.
- This post was first published on November 28, 2017